How to Create a Presentation in Snow Leopard’s Keynote Application

By Mark L. Chambers

Keynote is Snow Leopard’s presentation application. With it you can create slide presentations. As with the other applications in the iWork ’09 suite, Keynote begins the document creation process with a Template Chooser window. To create a new presentation project, follow these steps:

1Double-click your hard drive icon and click the Applications entry in the Finder window sidebar. Double-click the iWork folder to open it.

If presentations are your bread and butter, allow the iWork installation program to add a Keynote icon to your Dock. Your clicking finger will thank you.

2Double-click the Keynote icon.

The Template Chooser window appears. (Note that this figure is from iWork 09. Earlier versions of the application look slightly different.)

3Click the Slide Size pop-up menu at the bottom of the screen to select the resolution for your completed slides.

Although you don’t necessarily need to select an exact match for the screen resolution of your Mac, it’s a good idea to select the closest value to the maximum resolution of your projector. (If someone else is providing the projector, the default value of 1024 x 768 is a good standard to use.)

4Choose a template

Click the template that most closely matches your needs.

5Click Choose.

A new document opens using the template you selected.

6Press Command+S.

The Save As sheet appears.

7Name your file.

Type a filename for your new document.

8Click the Where pop-up menu. Choose a location to save the document and then click Save

To select a location not on the Where pop-up menu, click the button with the down arrow symbol to expand the sheet. You can also create a new folder from the expanded sheet.